The 3 W’s of Success is the twenty-third in a series of articles to help you reach your goal. What are your goals? I know you thought about it! You know, it is your dream, wish or resolution you made! Before you can get to where you want to be, you need to know where you are going. You wouldn’t get on a bus, train or plane without knowing where it was going.
At my age (65 years old), I have accumulated a lot of experiences. I have eighteen years of schooling, world-wide travel and forty plus (40+) years of work experience. By now, I should know who I am. More importantly, who have I become? I read a lot of business books and biographies to learn how successful people accomplish their goals. I would observe successful people and learn what traits were necessary to be successful. Who is the successful person?
I found success early in my life! What skills or knowledge do you need to be successful? I think it is personal that is each individual can have the skills and knowledge and not be successful. What is the secret? I think it is tenacity or determination. Is it a college degree, a certain career or some special trait? Finding your passion and doing it well will lead to success. So spend your time on the “what” you do! Find something you love to do and you will be good at it.
Timing is everything or nothing! I invested in income property in the late 1970’s. Was that the best time to invest? Timing helps, but it doesn’t matter. Now is the best time to invest in real estate with home values so low and mortgage interest rates at a sixty (60) year low. If you do not have the money or you do not want to invest in rental property, timing does not matter. Timing is something you must recognize and be ready to take advantage of it.
Who is successful? Have you ever tried to identify their traits, skills or experience? Did they go to an Ivy League college, sports star, good grades or just lucky? Are they natural leaders, popular, tall, good looking or just lucky? There are a lot of things to sort through to figure this out. There are a number of books that identify traits of millionaires which will provide some helpful hints, but there is no comprehensive research that says if you have A-E, you will definitely be successful. Most successful people are tenacious and persistent which seems to trump many of the other traits.
What is success? A successful student will achieve good grades. Success is just the accomplishment of an aim or purpose. I want to emphasize the “what” to make you a success. What should you do to be successful? Spend time to figure out the “what” for you. Do something you enjoy and want to spend 20 hours a day doing. It shouldn’t feel like work, but something you enjoy. If you enjoy it, you will spend the necessary time to make it successful. You will learn the necessary skills, training or find the resources to reach success. The “what” is the important aspect of success!
When is success? How do you recognize when to do something? Are you just lucky or do you plan your tasks and goals. Planning works better than luck and recognizing opportunities takes skills and experience. What skills do you need to recognize an opportunity? Consistent and deliberate behavior works better than luck. If you are working in the field you enjoy, you recognize opportunities because you have experience.
This is the twenty-third article in the series about success; I expect to publish throughout 2012. There will be twenty-six (26) of them, one for each letter of the alphabet. The 3 W’s of success are who, what and when. I think everyone wants success in life; business and career; however it takes a concerted effort to reach success. The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a man’s determination.” Tommy Lasorda sums it up much better than I can!
I started this series because I run into so many people who have difficulty reaching success. They want to know my secrets! So I thought I would share them in a format that will be most helpful. I also think this format may make it more interesting and easier to use. My goal in these articles to provide useful and interesting information that will help you succeed. The 3 W’s of Success is now a series.
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